- Principal's Report
- Year 5/6 Far South Wilderness Camp
- Cross Country
- National Simultaneous Story Time - Alpacas With Maracas
- EMPC Visit
- Year 5/6 Science Experiment with Mrs C.P.
- Year 1/2 Maths
- LiL Library Visits
- Making water available as the preferred drink.
- My Kids Market
- Big Day In
- Huon & Channel Primary Schools Cross Country
- Hobart College Production
Hello everyone, Ms Sue here!
While Mr E is away on leave I have been wearing the principal pants and holding the fort until his return. He is keeping in touch with me and checks in regularly to see how we’re all going. Ms Lock is also helping to keep things moving along nicely while he is absent.
We have had much to do while Mr E is away. The largest task has been our NAPLAN duties and keeping on top of the busy day to day things that happen in a school of our size.
Our cross country carnival was held on Monday May 13 and students participated in sunny, warm weather. A game of ‘flags’ was enjoyed by the senior students afterwards while the junior students worked together to construct and create some imaginative structures fashioned from pallets, barrels, pipes and rope.
Our options have changed this term with senior students now having a choice of Photography, Outdoor Ed, Strategic Games, Writers Workshop and Digital Tech each Friday and a choice of MDT, cooking and art on a Wednesday.
I must also mention the hugely successful Year 5/6 camp which took place over the 8th, 9th and 10th of May. I hope everyone has caught up with the talented antics of some of our most prized and precious staff – if you haven’t done so yet, just check our Facebook page! Since being on camp the Year 5/6 group has shown a pleasing level of maturity and a developing sense of cohesion and care for their peers. School camp, even though it is a lot of work for staff, really is a wondrous thing.
On Wednesday 22nd May we joined in the National Simultaneous Storytelling Day with smiles, dancing, grooving and shaking! Have a look at the photos in this newsletter to see joyful little faces celebrating the wonder of storytelling.
Do you know that reading to your child every night from birth to age 8 can significantly improve your child’s success in all areas of development and school? Research shows that learning to read is one of the most important factors in school success and that an early exposure to books and stories substantially contributes to success in early literacy. There are strong links between literacy, school performance, self-esteem and life chances with poor literacy skills being linked with lower education, earnings, health and social outcomes. https://www.better-beginnings.com.au
Just by reading to your child every night before bed, you can have a huge impact on their success.
Our Launching into Learning Program operates every Monday and Friday in our new, specially constructed space. We now have a lovely sun filled play space thanks to the addition of a glass door, and regularly have up to 15 children attending with their families. Planned as a community response to the impact of the bushfires earlier this year, the Huon Valley Combined LiL play day at Franklin this past week was a wonderful experience for children and parents alike, coming together to share play experiences, information and a sense of community.
Finally I would like to say a huge thanks to all the staff for their support while Mr E is away. His daughter and new grand daughter Rosalie Mae are both doing well.
I wholeheartedly believe our little school in the south is one of the best anywhere!
“I was quite tired after camp and wanted to stay longer. If you asked me what my favourite part was, I wouldn’t be able to tell you because it was all just amazing!”
“I liked the size of the cabins and that they were warm and the beds weren’t too high”
“Our cabin got yelled at by the teachers because we wouldn’t shut up at bedtime and we also woke up before 7am every day and had breakfast first”
“It was fun when I jumped through the cutting grass and fell over”
“Murder in the Dark was awesome because it helped me get over my fear of the dark and I’m really thankful to the friends that were nice to me during the game”
“To not get caught in Murder in the Dark I would just walk over to the murderers and blend in”
“My least favourite part was sleeping because the boys didn’t do a lot of it. I liked the bike riding because we had a jump made out of pine bark”
“Fishing was fun but I only caught one fish. The talent show was fun to watch”
“I had a great camp. It was so fun and so amazing for so many reasons”
“On camp we went mountain biking, played Hide and Seek and Murder in the Dark, fished, ate, slept and breathed”.
“At night we played Murder in the Dark and I don’t know how many times I heard Hunter scream but I’m half death now”
“My favourite part was the fishing and the dodgeball”
“I like fishing because I caught a flathead”
Even though the emphasis was on participation some runners competed with each other on an informal basis and mental notes were made about which runners might enjoy the challenge of interschool competition.
We finished with a fast and furious game of Flags for grades 3 to 10 and construction and loose parts play for the littlies.
Thanks to all of our helpers and participants for their enthusiasm and support. Here’s hoping for more mud and some driving rain in the 2020 event.
On Wednesday 22nd May students from Kinder to Year 4 joined in the National Simultaneous Storytelling session which was held across Australia. As the southernmost school in Australia, we are proud of the part we can play each year in spreading the magic of storytelling.
This year’s title was “Alpacas with Maracas” by Matt Cosgrove.
Students had already prepared for the event by making alpaca masks and headbands and some paper maracas.
Once the story was finished we sang and danced our way from the library, all around the school with a myriad of musical instruments. The cacophony was immense!
Here’s what some students had to say about it all…
“We should do this every week!” Chloe Year 4
“Ms Potter was dancing!” Jayda Year 3
“Mitchell and Makayla were dancing with us!” Kiera Year 3
“Mr Webb shut the door! Marcus Year 3
“We made sooooo much noise!” Jayden Year 1
“I am singing very loud!” Ishan Prep
“I was playing so hard my maraca broke!” Jemeelah Prep
“I hope Emma was not on the phone to Mr E” Ms Sue
Last week students from Year 3/4 with Ms Miller, Caitlyn Bailey, Karen Burgess and Year 10 Rhys Carver (our amazing in-house photographer) walked together up to the Multi-Purpose Centre. There we met Mrs Coulson and wondrous resident friends for a great get together. With hearty applause from the residents as we entered, we sang and played ukulele. Students made up a questionnaire through the week for the residents and for some time, children and residents were conversing about their life and all that they love to do. It’s always a deep and enriching experience for all of us in so many ways. As an extension, students will use the questionnaire as a basis for drawings to be featured in our end of year book. Many thanks to Mrs Coulson and all up at the Multi-Purpose Centre.
Year 1-2 decided that they would like a Four Square Court in the playground, so we turned the request into a Maths investigation. First we explored the properties of squares and noticed that a court is four smaller squares within one larger one. Next, students worked in groups and used a range of measurement tools to design their own Four Square Court. A range of mathematical concepts were used to investigate whether sides were the same length, how to find the centre of the square, how to make sure the corners were the same, and how to make changes if things went wrong. Each group decided on their final design and used chalk to mark the lines. The three different courts will now be tested for one week to see which design is in the best location and is the best to play in before a permanent court is painted. Students are already planning further ideas for other games that will hopefully become part of a permanent “Maths Walk” within the playground areas.
Our Launching into Learning families are visiting the school library on Monday mornings.
Children and their families share stories and choose some books to take home.
These visits are becoming very popular and the children are very keen to find their favourite genres.
K-4 students have been making excellent use of the ‘loose parts’ items that have been made available for occasional use. The range of materials has inspired creative physical activity and has encouraged engagement in tasks that involve cooperation, negotiation, logic, risk-taking, and heaps of fun!. It is wonderful to watch so many students being inclusive and showing resilience as they explore their physical, social and emotional capacities.